Rise of detective agency in Mumbai

by Sia Pitt Business

India is seeing a steady rise in the business of private intelligence gathering. From tracking down vanishing loan defaulters to digging up unpleasant truths about prospective C-level hires, from investigating godowns that catch fire mysteriously to ensuring that the offices of top executives of a company aren't bugged, detective agencies do the whole nine yards. It also has an 'individual investigations' practice: snooping on cheating husbands and wives, conducting "pre-marital verifications" etc. which has given rise to detective agency in Mumbai.

Detective work has also brought individuals fame for their dedication in solving mysteries and saving lives occasionally. Rajani Pandit is an Indian private investigator who is regarded as the first woman private investigator in the state of Maharashtra, and sometimes the first in India. She has been the subject of a documentary, written two books, received numerous awards, and is considered one of the most famous detectives in India. Her father, Shantaram Pandit, was a criminal investigator with the Mumbai Police. She first became interested in detective work when, in 1983, she investigated a classmate who was involved in prostitution. As a result, Pandit started her own detective agency in Mumbai.

Most of the agencies in Mumbai will not advertise their service charges as they like to assess the paying capacity of the client before they quote their charges. Even though there is a limitation to this theory of quoting for private detective in Mumbai due to the nature of the assignment, external factors, experience of the private investigator, speed, etc. You must have a rough idea of charges which shall help you understand what you will be looking to spend on your assignment.

Log on to the internet and you will find a handful of sleuths who will claim to be the best. Whether most of these are actually authentic can only be found through contacts and word-of-mouth. Apart from the skills needed for the job, the agencies possess certain limitations as only the government investigating and intelligence agencies have certain authority and jurisdiction such as to ask service providers for call details of suspects. This hinders even some of the top detective agencies in Mumbai.


As reported by the Indian Express in news as recent as December 2014, the Central Railway (CR) has turned to a Bollywood film script to keep a watch on miscreants, including thieves at railway stations, with the administration approaching detective agencies in carrying out surveillance on railway premises. Over the past year, detective agencies in Mumbai have reported a sharp rise in a specific kind of corporate assignation. Companies are hiring detectives to investigate employees suspected to be moving to a competitor firm.

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